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Five clear signs you need to replace your Castors

Five Clear Signs that Indicate it's Time to Replace Your Castors


Blue Elastic Castor wheel on a swivel housing

When it comes to maintaining smooth and efficient operations, the condition of your castors plays a crucial role. Many people tend to overlook the signs of castor wear and tear until a major failure occurs. In this blog post, we'll discuss five clear signs that indicate it's time to replace your castors, helping you avoid potential disruptions and ensure optimal performance.


1. Misshapen or Deformed Wheel Tread:

One of the most obvious signs of castor failure is when the wheel tread becomes misshapen or deformed. The tread is the surface of the wheel that rolls on the floor, and uneven shaping indicates wear and tear. This is often caused by overloading the castors or subjecting them to misuse. If you notice uneven tread on your castor wheels, it's time to consider replacement castors that can handle the intended load without deformation.


2. Dented or Deformed Castor Housing:

In environments like warehouses or distribution centres, castor housings can easily get dented or deformed, affecting the smooth running of the wheels. These deformities not only impact manoeuvrability but also the load-bearing capacity of the castors. Regularly inspect your castors for any signs of housing damage, and if found, consider replacing them to maintain optimal performance.


3. Excessive Noise During Movement:

If your castors produce loud noises when moving trolleys or equipment, it's a clear indication of potential issues. This could be due to worn-out wheels, ball bearings failure, or using incorrect castor wheels for the application. Replacing noisy castors with appropriate ones can improve efficiency and reduce disruptive sounds in your workplace.


4. Missing or Seized Ball Bearings:

Castors rely on ball bearings in their swivel heads for smooth rotation and movement. Over time, these ball bearings may go missing or seize up, affecting the overall performance of the castors. Regular maintenance, including greasing and replacing ball bearings when necessary, can prolong the life of your castors. Consider using high-temperature grease for applications in extreme heat environments.


5. Difficulty in Pushing Trolleys or Carts:

If you find it challenging to push trolleys or carts, even after greasing the wheels, it's a strong indication that the castors need replacement. Hard-to-push equipment not only hampers productivity but also increases the risk of workplace injuries. Upgrading to new and efficient castors can improve manoeuvrability and ease of use.



Don't wait for a catastrophic castor failure to address issues with your equipment's mobility. By recognising and acting upon these five clear signs of castor wear and tear, you can ensure smooth operations, prevent workplace disruptions, and maintain a safe working environment. Contact Rybro Castors & Wheels for assistance on choosing the right replacement castors for your specific needs.


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